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2009 in review - Part 2

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

This year has had some tough times and some good ones. The year 2010 offers perhaps a brighter future, but it's always good to look back at the previous year and remember all the good things that happened as well as the bad and hope for the best for the coming year. Happy New Year.


Mr. and Mrs. Drexel Holloway of Austin, Ark., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 5 at Cabot, Ark.

Oregon County was awarded $11,728 in federal funds for the county's emergency food and shelter national board program.

The Class 3 District 10 All-District squads were announced and Alton Lady Comet Jessica Bailey was named to a spot on the girls' first team.

Earl D. "Buddy" Rogers won the April 7 municipal elections in Thayer to become the city's new mayor.

Bill and Minnie Vance celebrated 50 years of marriage at the Riverbend Restaurant in Mammoth Spring recently.

All three propositions on the municipal election ballot passed in Thayer. Propositions A and B for the city's waste water treatment plant project both passed. Proposition C also passed. This proposition was for a half-cent sales tax for the Thayer Police Department.

The Mammoth Spring School District was added to the fiscal distress list by the Arkansas Board of Education. Superintendent Ronald Taylor said he was positive that the school could make it easily off the list.

Mayor Earl D. "Buddy" Rogers along with newly elected aldermen, Robert Freeman and Robert Grimes were sworn in during the Thayer City Council meeting on April 14.

Two Thayer residents were arrested in connection with a series of break-ins at two businesses and a church on April 8. Adam Kerwin, 22, and Robert T. Renn, 19, were both charged with second degree burglary, a Class C felony.

Congressman Roy Blunt spoke at Alton's Lincoln Day event on April 18 and announced that he will be running against Robin Carnahan for the senate.


Public libraries in Oregon County received a LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) mini-grant for technology. The Institute of Museum and Library Services supports LSTA, and the Office of the Secretary of State administers it. The libraries used this grant to purchase new computers.

Missouri had its first case of H1N1, or swine flu, in Platte County on May 1. H1N1 started in Mexico and spread to the United States. The World Health Organization soon announced a world wide pandemic and health officials started working on a vaccine. The vaccine was made available in October and shortages made health officials limit vaccine dosages to high-risk populations. Unlike the ordinary seasonal flu, H1N1 affects more of the younger population than the older ones.

Larry and Daisy Simmons of Alton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, May 9.

Carroll and Emma Garrison celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday, May 9 at the Byrd Freewill Baptist Church two miles west of Myrtle, Mo.

Straight line winds hit much of the Thayer, Koshkonong and Alton area on May 8. These powerful winds downed a few trees and tore off part of the roof of an auction barn in Koshkonong.

Payton Dawn Flynn was born May 5, 2009, at 7:49 a.m. She was 20-1/2 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 2.5 ounces. Parents are Joe and Tiffany Flynn of Mammoth Spring. GrandparGrandparents are Janie and the late Jackie Flynn of Mammoth Spring, Linda Massey of Salem and the late Bill Brown of Batesville. Janie Flynn is Areawide Media's publisher.

Mammoth Spring became a Firewise USA City this month. The title allows the city to be trained to look out for fire hazards around residents' homes.

Students at the Alton R-IV School District actually got to use their new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Shelter before the shelter's open house on May 8 when a tornado warning was issued during straight line winds. All the students stayed safe in the shelter.

Many schools throughout Arkansas received stimulus money for help with Title 1 and Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) programs. The Mammoth Spring School District was scheduled to receive a total of $609,434 from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Several of the auto industries were in trouble with the dwindling economy. Chrysler had to close down many of its dealerships. Two local dealerships, Paul Miller Motors in Melbourne and Earl's Dodge-Jeep in West Plains, Mo., were not among those 789 dealerships that were closed down and will remain open to serve customers in the area.

The Oregon County Sheltered Workshop held their grand opening May 21 at their new location on Highway 160. Many people attended and ate hot dogs and chips at the place designed to help those with disabilities stay active.

Joe and Shirley Holstine, Richmond, celebrated their 50th anniversary May 30.


First-degree arson and second-degree murder charges filed in 2008 were dropped against Nicholas Pacheco, who supposedly set fire to the Oregon County Jail in an attempt to escape, according to Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney Fred O'Neill. Inhalation of the smoke killed one inmate, Jesse Johnson.

Two escapees from the Arkansas Department of Correction in Grady, Ark., Jeffrey Grinder and Calvin Adams escaped wearing ADC uniforms. Both of them had local ties. Grinder had ties in Baxter County, Ark., and Adams in Thayer, Mo. Both men were later caught in New York.

Dr. Richard Dawe, a Thayer native, was hired as the new president of Ozarka College. He said he was glad to be back in the Ozarks.

Edward Joseph Lafleur, 57, of Indianapolis, Ind., pled guilty, according to Oregon County Circuit Court records, June 1 to the charges of involuntary manslaughter and vehicular assault in connection with the death of Mikey Wagoner, 56, of Rolla, who was a flagman on a road project. The same incident also injured a driver whose vehicle Lafleur rear-ended.

Areawide Media was among several media outlets who were the victims of a Missouri woman charged with stealing. Chastity Dawn Foster, 33, Willow Springs, Mo., was arrested June 3 at the Howell County Sheriff's Department on a warrant charging her with four counts of stealing, according to a sheriff's report. When Foster was arrested, Janie Flynn, publisher of Areawide Media, was contacted by Darrin Reed with the Willow Spring's Police Department. Flynn said that Foster placed several advertisements for different businesses in the company's newspapers, but that all but $550 was collected from Foster.

U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr determined June 9 that Oregon County and its former sheriff, Tim Ward, were not liable for injuries to a jail inmate who had smoke inhalation from a jail fire that occurred Sept. 6, 2007, at the Oregon County Sheriff's Department. The fire also killed another prisoner, Jesse Johnson, 17, of Mammoth Spring, Ark.

Zain Hopper signed with Lyon College to play basketball.

The Rev. and Mrs. Wayne Cloven celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 27 at the Myrtle Activity Center.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursed Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative $2,021,887.18 for damages and repairs from the January ice storm that downed poles and lines across the southern half of Missouri and northern Arkansas and left several thousand people without power for a few days to a couple of weeks.

American Quarter Horse exhibitor Stacie Mitchell of Thayer competed in the 2009 Ford American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship show in Oklahoma City July 31 through Aug. 8. Mitchell was among nearly 2,000 youth, ages 18 and under, from the  United States, Canada and other countries in the show.

Nellie Blackburn of Thayer was named Citizen of the Year and awarded a plaque by Thayer's Chamber of Commerce. Blackburn warmly greets people at the door to the Fun and Friends Senior Center and helps out in any was she can at the center.

Mammoth Spring was visited by Ray Goodman, an avid hiker who was attempting to make an 11,000 mile journey across the United States to several national landmarks. Goodman was sponsored by the Sierra Club.

It was announced this month that Frank Martin III, publisher of the West Plains Daily Quill, would be inducted into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame in October.

Paul and Inis Roberts of Thayer, Mo., celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 14.

The Mammoth Spring Fire Department was called to a fire at the Spring River Superette and Smoke Shop, across from the Mammoth Spring State Park. Smoke and heat destroyed the interior of the building.

Darrell and Esther Strain celebrated 50 years of marriage July 25.

Old Doc Cooper's place, a historic house in downtown Thayer, was sold at auction to Gary and Sandra Beck.

The 2009 Oregon County farm family's Dale Jedlicka, 38, of Koshkonong, lost his right arm in a hay baler July 10. The family remained strong during this event and Dale now has a prosthetic arm to help him out around the farm. The Jedlicka farm is a family ran farm with charolais cattle and quarter horses.

Aud and Mary Etta Hall celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, July 29.


Noel and Willa Faye Mills held their 50th wedding anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Mammoth Spring School Multi-Purpose building.

The Mammoth Spring dam was listed to the National Historic Register.

The Thayer Chamber of Commerce filled officer positions for the 2009-2010 year. Dr. Scott Ream is president, Lisa Cates is vice president, LaRee Rees is now secretary and Adam Courter is treasurer.

Noel Moser turned 100-years-old Aug. 23. He is the third of nine children to parents John and Nancy Moser. He was born near Little Strawberry River, about two miles northwest of Morriston.

Much deliberation went into what to do with Koshkonong (Howell-Oregon) School District's tax levy. Many in the Koshkonong community had strong feelings about the issue. The school board decided not to raise the tax levy.

Doyle Fink and Donna (Whiteside) Fink celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The doctors and staff at Fiorino's Chiropractic Clinic in Thayer presented a long time patient, Virgie Davisson, with a dozen red roses to celebrate her upcoming 100th birthday. Davisson lives in Horseshoe Bend, Ark.


Mr. and Mrs. David Sorrell of Myrtle, Mo., observed their 65th wedding anniversary Sept. 6.

The Alton Fire Department and Missouri Department of Conservation responded to a house fire Sept. 4 on County Road 317 off of Highway 19 north of Junction A on the Huntsman farm. The two-story house was a total loss.

Areawide Media debutes "Avenues," a free monthly magazine, to the public. The magazine tells locals and travelers what they can do in the Ozarks and contains human interest stories.

Grand Gulf State Park near Thayer commemorated its 25th anniversary Sept. 19 with an open house to seek public input. The event was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Edith Brown of Thayer, Mo., celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 26 at the Thayer Senior Citizens Center.

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